A year has passed since Lebanese terrorist militiamen captured two Israeli reserve soldiers and killed eight others in an unprovoked act of cross-border aggression.
Hizballah's abduction of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser on July 12, 2006 sparked last summer's Second Lebanon War, a savage 34-day conflict that left hundreds dead on both sides of the border.
Ever since that day, the Regev and Goldwasser families have been fighting tirelessly on the international stage for any shred of information regarding their loved ones. But Hizballah has refused to provide even a sign of life, let alone permit the International Red Cross to provide the hostages with the medical treatment it is assumed they are in dire need of.
The Lebanese group insists that before it make any move, Israel commit to the release of thousands of Hizballah and Palestinian terrorists, including those who have murdered Israeli men, women and children in the most brutal fashion.
Israel responds by pointing to UN Security Council Resolution 1701, the document that ended the war, and which calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Regev and Goldwasser. Few expect that stipulation to ever be honored, or for the international community to actually back up its demand.